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Keep Pets Safe this Fourth of July: Fresno County Animal Shelter Offers Tips
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By Anthony W. Haddad
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July 3, 2024

The Fresno County Animal Shelter urges pet owners to take precautions as the Fourth of July approaches, offering tips to keep pets safe from fireworks and other holiday hazards. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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As the Fourth of July festivities draw near, the Fresno County Animal Shelter is urging pet owners to prioritize the safety of their beloved animals during this celebratory week.

The startling sounds and dazzling lights of fireworks displays can cause pets to panic and potentially run away from home.

“The Fourth of July is a time for family enjoyment, but it can also be distressing for pets,” said Maria Garcia, Shelter Manager for Fresno Humane Animal Services, which operates the Fresno County Animal Shelter. “By taking precautionary measures and planning ahead, pet owners can help protect their pets and prevent them from getting lost.”

The Fresno County Animal Shelter provides the following advice to ensure pets’ safety during Independence Day:

  • Keep pets indoors: Even well-behaved pets can be frightened by fireworks. Keep them indoors in a quiet, secure room during fireworks shows.
  • Update pet ID tags: Ensure your pet wears a properly fitted collar with up-to-date contact information.
  • Microchip your pet: Microchipping offers permanent identification that can aid in reuniting pets with their owners if they become lost.
  • Create a safe haven: Provide a familiar hiding spot, such as a crate or carrier, where pets can feel secure during loud noises.
  • Use calming techniques: Play soothing music or use white noise machines to drown out the sounds of fireworks.
  • Avoid hazards: Keep pets away from fireworks, lighter fluid, sparklers, and leftover barbecue food, as these can be harmful to animals.
  • Beat the heat: Keep pets cool and hydrated in shaded areas or indoors, especially with temperatures expected to soar.

Lost a Pet?

The Fresno County Animal Shelter stands ready to assist, the organization says. If a pet goes missing, they recommend the following steps:

  • Immediately search the neighborhood.
  • Contact the Fresno County Animal Shelter at 559-600-PETS or visit www.fresnohumane.org. Check the shelter’s website for information on found animals or those available for adoption.
  • File a lost pet report online at www.fresnohumane.org/get-them-back-home. Additionally, reach out to local animal services, the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), or rescue organizations.
  • Share photos and descriptions of the missing pet on social media and with neighbors.

The Fresno County Animal Shelter is dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their families. By following these guidelines and utilizing available resources, pet owners can ensure a safe and joyful Fourth of July for themselves and their furry companions.

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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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